This is black-faced. It’s not that unusual name for a sheep, although It could have easily been black-hoofed. Or black-inner-eared. Or white-outer-eared. Or left-side-tagged sheep. Or brown-nostriled. Or white-bellied. Hm.. okay. Black-faced it is. Luckily we only have one, so when we call him, he always knows we mean him. That is the beauty with special names. They don’t mean anything, they just mean that sheep.
We bought a gift. With no other intention than buying a gift. Sometimes a gift is given, because the giver expects something back, like a gift too, or a thank you. But this gift was bought. Given. And that was it. But we need to get black-faced out of the way to see the gift.
“Potamotrygorgeous, what the flock is it? You call this a gift?”
“It looks more like a glass ball. Is it a football?”
“I can try..to.. give it a kick.”
(and no, that penis-image you have is in your head only)
“Or push it on its side..”
“Not much fun, really. What is it?”
So finally a question was asked. Black-faced wanted to know what it was. He was ready for an answer. We knew because he really posed a question this time. We explained that this was a gift. A gift does not exist until it’s born. And then anything, really anything can be a gift. A smile can be a gift. Extra time together can be a gift. Sharing food can be a gift. Friendship can be a gift. So we turned this glass bowl into a gift too. Because it is given voluntary, without expecting anything in return It is the birth of the verb ‘giving’. So we gave this gift.
And what you do with it, is receive the gift. That is all you ‘have’ to do. You shake it a little, and then the snow falls down again, on the house and on the tree. See? You don’t even have to say thank you, because this gift isn’t even for you this time..
“Oh, I know! You have talked about this before, that you find it funny and weird that humans so many times buy gifts for others, and do stuff for others, and spend time for others, and that this ‘other’ person is also YOU if you look in the mirror, and that it’s necessary to treat that YOU-person good to, because otherwise there is nothing to give. If I could take a guess.. I know who this gift is for. It’s for you!”